One of the things that I enjoy doing is looking for new ideas related to innovation. Usually these new ideas come from studying the lives of innovators. There are a lot of insights that can be found from the examples of those who have been successful at creating new ideas and then being able to turn them into innovations. The difficult thing is to study unsuccessful innovators. That is, someone who may have been very creative, but could not get the idea to make a lasting change.

Professor Mark Allen from Pepperdine University provides an interesting insight that may help. He separates creativity out of innovation and states that creativity is an individual skill, but it takes an organization to be innovative. Take a look at the video and think about your group and then ask this question, “Is your organization getting in the way of creative people being innovative or is it fostering innovation?” You might have the right people and with a little change you can have a successful innovation.

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